After months of speculation, the Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup is reportedly set to be postponed this week.
On Monday, The Daily Telegraph reported that the tournament would not take place on Australian soil in October as planned due to the coronavirus epidemic, with an official announcement to be made on Friday.
India was scheduled to host a separate T20 World Cup in 2021, which will complicate the process of finding a new date for the 2020 tournament, reports news.com.au.
Considering the unpredictable nature of COVID-19, it has become more apparent a packed MCG crowd cannot be guaranteed this year.
Last month, Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings admitted, “It’s unrealistic, or it’s going to be very, very difficult,” for the T20 World Cup to proceed this year with 16 international squads.
The T20 World Cup’s postponement makes way for the 2020 Indian Premier League to potentially be scheduled in the vacant October slot.
Due to the worsening COVID-19 situation in India, the multimillion-dollar tournament could be shifted to the United Arab Emirates or Sri Lanka.